After being hospitalized for suffering a heart attack as a result of an overdose, legendary rapper DMX has passed away.

The rapper is celebrated as one of the highest-selling musicians and in 2003 was acknowledged for being the only artist in the history of The Billboard 200 to reach No. 1 on the music charts with his first five albums.

His family released a statement to People magazine Friday morning, announcing his passing.

"We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days," they wrote in a statement. "Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him."

"Earl's music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time. Please respect our privacy as we grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX. We will share information about his memorial service once details are finalized," the statement continued.

It was reported after being admitted to a hospital in White Plains, New York that the rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was in grave condition and in a "vegetative state."

While in the critical care unit, fans and family rushed to the site of the hospital to express their support and love for the three-time Grammy-nominated rapper who has left a tremendous impact on the hip-hop community.